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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review of Georgia’s Picture Perfect Rooms Hotels

Rooms Hotel Kazbegi Balcony View and Patio Review

We had no idea what the hotels in Georgia (the country) would be like.  A friend who’d been to Georgia told us about this fabulous hotel, Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, which pretty much left her speechless.  So of course, we had to stay there.  We were even more excited to learn that Rooms Hotel has a second property, Rooms Hotel Tbilisi.  We stayed at a total of five hotels in the country of Georgia and the two Rooms Hotels get our best reviews. 
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Fun Things to Do in Bishop's Great Outdoors in Winter

Buttermilk Road Trail Things to Do in Bishop California

When planning a winter vacation along California’s US 395 corridor, most think of Mammoth, California’s winter playground for skiing and snowboarding.  Mammoth’s close neighbor, Bishop, is usually reserved for summer travel.  However, we decided to stray from the norm and travel to Bishop during the winter.  While travelers go to Mammoth to ski, they go to Bishop for hiking, rock climbing, and bouldering.  Bishop’s lower altitude equals great weather in winter for outdoor activities, meaning you can enjoy a hike or a climb while barely breaking a sweat.  Of course, given Bishop’s great year-round weather, almost all of these things to do in Bishop can be done any time of year. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Hanoi Side-Trip: Ha Long Bay in 24 Hours

Hanoi Side-Trip to Ha Long Bay in 24 Hours 1

When we booked our Viking Mekong trip with Viking River Cruises, the dilemma we had was whether or not to book an extension.  Two extensions are offered with the Viking Mekong itinerary through Vietnam and Cambodia.  One is for a couple days in Bangkok, but we’d already been, and the other is a side-trip from Hanoi to Ha Long Bay.  The Ha Long Bay extension effectively adds two days on to the trip, 24 hours of which is spent on a trip to Ha Long Bay and the rest of which provides additional time in Hanoi. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

5 Reasons to Travel to Georgia (the Country) in the Winter

Purple Flowers Gergeti Trinity Church Hike Georgia Winter Travel

When we decided to travel to Georgia (the country), we hadn’t necessarily planned on traveling there in the winter.  However, when I searched Google Flights for a good time to visit with low airfares, amongst a sea of airfares over $1,100 there were some in the $800 range, roundtrip from LAX, in early March.  A $600 savings for the two of us seemed like a pretty good reason to travel to Georgia in the winter, but it turns out that isn’t the only reason why Georgia is a good winter destination.  Here are some other reasons to travel to Georgia in the winter. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

Tips for Watching and Photographing the Angkor Wat Sunrise

Angkor Wat Sunrise Tips Siem Reap Cambodia

I am not a morning person.  In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of sunrises I have witnessed.  I’m actually struggling to think of more than two, and one of them, sunrise in Monument Valley, Utah, was only because I was able to photograph it from our hotel room balcony in my pajamas.  However, seeing the sun rise over Angkor Wat is supposed to be one of those bucket list not-to-be-missed experiences so, with the helpful enthusiasm of Romeo, without which I would have stayed in bed, we woke up before the crack of dawn to photograph Angkor Wat at sunrise.  Here are our Angkor Wat sunrise tips.

Monday, December 19, 2016

10 Things To Eat and Drink at European Christmas Markets

What to Eat and Drink at European Christmas Markets

The holidays are meant for eating, aren’t they?  When we visited the European Christmas markets of the Danube River we kept our eyes open for special European Christmas market foods.  From sausages to glühwein, we’ve got you covered for finding some of the best European Christmas market eats.

Monday, December 12, 2016

9 Thai Customs to Know Before Traveling to Thailand

Thai Monk Thai Customs and Traditions to Know Before Traveling to Thailand

When traveling to a foreign country, it is always a good idea to read up on the country’s customs, culture, and traditions ahead of time in order to avoid doing anything that would be viewed as disrespectful.  When we were doing our research before traveling to Thailand, we found there were a number of Thai customs we needed to remember.  Since nine is a lucky number in Thailand, hopefully knowledge of these nine customs you should know before traveling to Thailand will keep you out of any uncomfortable situations.